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Argentina's 12-month inflation through April was 27.5%

Thursday, May 11th 2017 - 12:07 UTC
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Clothing prices rose 5.1% in April, while housing and basic services were up 4.6%, Indec said. Consumer prices rose 9.1% overall in the first four months of the year. Clothing prices rose 5.1% in April, while housing and basic services were up 4.6%, Indec said. Consumer prices rose 9.1% overall in the first four months of the year.

Argentina's statistics agency Indec, said on Wednesday 12-month inflation through April was 27.5%, the first time it has published 12-month inflation since President Mauricio Macri took office in December 2015 and revamped data calculations. Indec said April inflation was 2.6%, above median analyst expectations for a consumer price increase of 2.1 percent.

 Argentina's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to 26.25% on April 11, citing higher inflation expectations. The bank held the rate steady on Tuesday and said April inflation would be higher than desired but rise at a slower pace in May.

The bank is targeting 12-month inflation of 12 to 17% for the end of the year, though the latest central bank survey of economists puts it at 21%.

Clothing prices rose 5.1% in April, while housing and basic services were up 4.6%, Indec said. Consumer prices rose 9.1% overall in the first four months of the year.

Indec has been publishing inflation for Greater Buenos Aires, but in July will debut a national index the central bank will use to formulate monetary policy.

The inflation index will cover all 23 Argentine provinces and the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, and will break out inflation levels in six regions, Indec said in a statement. The first report will be published on July 11, and the agency will give details on its methodology on May 18.

As part of the overhaul at Indec, the agency stopped publishing inflation data for the first few months of 2016 to refine methodology, meaning Argentina has lacked 12-month data until now.

Indec was widely accused of publishing unrealistically low inflation data under former President Cristina Fernandez. The International Monetary Fund recognized Argentina's efforts to restore credibility to its official statistics when it lifted its censure of Indec last November

 

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  • Captain Poppy

    Good for you Argentina and Macri. As Argentina fight to move on a proper course, my idiot president, Drumpf continues to easily become to Christina Kirchner of the USA and effortlessly continues to destabilize American democracy.
    The traitor meets Russian Lavron in the White House and only allows Russian media and turns American and free world media away!! The WH will need to be debugged when he is removed from office.

    May 11th, 2017 - 01:00 pm +2
  • Marc1

    It's heartening to know that we're not in the 40s for inflation, but living here, you still feel it in your pocket.
    Light at the end of the tunnel maybe.

    May 11th, 2017 - 01:58 pm +2
  • Kanye

    Nice to see that credibility for INDEC statistics is being re-established.

    Better still, the agreed rate of Inflation is dropping too!

    Well done, Macri. A nice change from the K's.

    Now, drop this Malvinas nonsense.

    May 11th, 2017 - 08:27 pm +2
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